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Brittany & Kevin’s Sunrise Morning Light Engagement Pictures in Baltimore, MD

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Images: Ashton Kelley Photography

This weekend Andy & I were going every single minute. I am WIPED to say the least this Monday morning but I don’t regret a second of it. There was SO much holiday fun. We got our tree! We had a blast at PARCEL Market, running our DIY Holiday Totes Workshop and shopping our little hearts out. Then yesterday we drove up for the day to Sesame Place to spend time with my family and got home last night to get ready for the week. I am exhausted again just typing it out ;) So apologies for the delay this morning in blogging, but there really wasn’t even a slice of time to get on my laptop over the weekend. But we got a GORGEOUS Maryland engagement session on the rooftop of the couples’ own apartment building for you, and as always, we are kicking off the week with LOVE. Happy Monday.

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We met in high school at Atholton in Columbia, MD as freshmen. We have been together on and off for about a decade! I will admit we had some rocky times. We tried to make it work while I was at college in Georgia playing basketball and lacrosse at Berry College while Kevin was in New York playing football at Marist. It was hard on us. We finally found our way back to each other when we moved back to Columbia in 2012. We bought a house together in Baltimore in November of that year.

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On June 4th, 2015, I arrived home from work. I found a note from Kevin asking me to come up to our rooftop deck. Little did I know at the time we would be doing our engagement session in that very spot. I was pleasantly surprised to find Kevin with peach roses, champagne, and our favorite song playing.With “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran playing in the background, Kevin got on one knee, and the rest was history! We celebrated with our family and closest friends the following night at The White Oak Tavern and we’re planning our wedding at Belmont Manor in 2016.

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Robert & Samantha’s Gorgeous, Golden Light Lakeside Engagement Pictures in Maryland

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Images: LA Birdie Photography

Here we are, another Monday. I was riding the high of Friday’s blog post ALL weekend. So many awesome Instagram comments and the post has reached over 3,700 on Facebook (which is crazy considering I only have 1500 fans). We’re gearing up for our LAST DIY workshop on Sunday November 8th (come join us! tickets still available) AND tomorrow I am actually speaking at the AWP Monthly Event about bringing greater awareness to your brand/business using social media. I’ll be Periscoping the talk tomorrow night (at around 7:00pm!) so make sure to get on Twitter around that time :)

And now to kick off your week, as usual, let’s start it with some LOVE. We have Rob & Sam’s DREAMY Maryland engagement pictures and love story to share with you! Here we go…

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How they met:

Robert and I are admittedly high school sweethearts, we met when we were 17 because we both participated in a vocational program that required us to travel to another school. We were on the bus for an hour total every day, and we became friends immediately, and have been dating ever since! We have had the opportunity to truly grow together and have been able to support each other through all the changes life has thrown our way.

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The Proposal!

My mother, my sister and I had never been to New York City during the holidays. My mom’s friend was organizing a trip and she asked my sister and I to join her to have a girls trip to see the lights and all the holiday bustle. We spent the day exploring and being touristy, and we decided to finish our trip off at Rockefeller Center to see the tree lit up at night. Fighting through the crowds, I followed my sister to a slightly cleared out section. I looked up and there was Robert, along with my whole family. He was dressed to the nines (he even wore a bow-tie!) got down on one knee and proposed! I said yes and cried, of course. We hugged and everyone near us began to clap and congratulate us. We finished the evening just aimlessly wandering New York City as an engaged couple with all of our loved ones.

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Tinita & Jerrod’s College Rivalry Engagement Pictures in Maryland

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 Images: Terri Baskin Photography submitted via Two Bright Lights

Hope everyone had a WONDERFUL weekend. It’s my last wedding-free one for a bit and I was happy to have Andy back home and get some things cleaned up around the house. I cannot believe it’s June. Seriously, where did May go!? For today we have an adorable “college rivals” engagement session featuring Jerrod & Tinita. They both wanted to pay homage to their alma maters during their engagement pictures (with insanely awesome collegiate sweaters), which also happen to be rivals. Check it all out below!

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Jerrod attended North Carolina A&T State University and Tinita attended Howard University. The two schools have an athletic rivalry that spans many years, so the couple made fun of one another in cute and playful ways during their engagement session. Currently, Jerrod is working on his second Master’s Degree and Tinita has her Ph.D! They met at church and what was once a casual friendship has blossomed into a love story that they will share with all of their friends and family at their wedding at the Bolger Center in Potomac Maryland.

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Lauren & James’ Frederick Fairgrounds Engagement Pictures in Maryland

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Images: An Endless Pursuit

It’s Monday Romancers! (Do you need a reminder?). My weekend was FULL of awesome, kicking things off with my fiery new hair color, getting to meet Jay Paterno before (finalllllllly) watching a Penn State win, Andy finishing 1 room of our DIY Plywood Floors, meeting with a FABULOUS lady about some big time 2015 planning (more to come on this!) shopping with Andy, seeing Birdman, and then indulging in the most fabulous pre-anniversary meal at Le Grenier. Is this what life is like without weddings!? I kid I kid!

For today we have a super fun engagement session from An Endless Pursuit. Lauren & James went to the Frederick Fairgrounds for their engagement session and it looks like they had a total BLAST. So many smiles, high-fives, and colors. I love when couples go somewhere fun and adventurous for their engagement pictures – it lends itself to such fun pictures instead of overly posed ones. Enjoy the rest AND Lauren & James’ adorable love story!

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Lauren and James have as unlikely a story as you would expect when imagining how an East Coast girl living in VA meets a Midwest boy living in Nebraska. They met at a small wedding in a small town in Kansas, and with only a small time to get to know each other they said goodbye without any expectation of seeing each other again. But as messages were exchanged and the methods of communication became more personal, upgrading from emails to instant messaging and then onto texts and hour-long phone calls, they knew they would have to capitalize on their opportunity to get to know each other.

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Two years later, they’ve braved the perils of a long distance relationship, beat all the odds and got engaged along the Georgetown Waterfront. James proposed at the ice skating rink with the support and company of Lauren’s cousins. They arrived to the location 30 minutes early, and in Lauren’s usual practical fashion, Lauren wanted to check into the restaurant early. She was very confused when James instead insisted that they walk around outside, and by then she was very suspicious (and hungry). Any apprehension she felt about not going into the restaurant was gone once he went down on one knee. Now they look forward to the likely hilarious outcome of bringing together there two very different family and friends.

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Nate & Amy’s Maryland Engagement Pictures at Heysers Farms

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Images: Katy Murray Photography

What a weekend Romancers. We got slammed with Trick or Treaters on Friday (running out of almost 300 pieces of candy in less than an hour) and then made our way to Not-So-Happy Valley on Saturday to watch my Nittany Lions lose a bad one to Maryland. The drive to State College is always long, but we meet our best friends from college there, so regardless of the game outcome, it’s always worth it to see them. Then yesterday was a glorious one with that extra hour (seriously, can we get an extra hour EVERY Sunday?!) as Andy & I started on our DIY wide plank floors upstairs! I posted a picture on Instagram of the progress so far (mostly prep worked), and I’ll continue to share updates there over the next few weekends. Hoping to do a full post on the entire project once we finish!

In other news, it’s Monday and I am already slightly dreading it being so dark when I leave work, but until then, let’s enjoy some happiness and a love story courtesy of Katy Murray Photography, submitted via Two Bright Lights.

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About the couple:

Nate and Amy have been acquainted since 1996 when they attended the same church where Amy’s father is the associate pastor. Nate and Amy attended the same Sunday school, retreats and other church events. Once Nate returned from the air force, and Amy graduated college in 2012 they attended the same young adult group at church. Their social circles began intermingling. Nate asked Amy to coffee one day after church because he was interested in something she said at bible study. The rest is history. The weekend of July 4th, 2013 after a drive-in movie Nate made it official. Nate and Amy share hand written letters and crosswords together.

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Baltimore Record Store Engagement Pictures & Friday Link Love

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Photo: Karen Rainier Photography

IT’S FRIDAY. And while I refrain from belting out some Rebecca Black, I’ll try and contain my excitement. But BOY OH BOY do I have a weekend ahead of me. Tomorrow is my last wedding gig of 2014 (where has the time gone?! seriously?!) and then Sunday is our 2nd to last DIY Wedding Workshop of the year too! (Tickets still on sale for today if you are interested!). I am hoping to squeeze in some Farmer’s Market shopping, some yard work (our yard is COVERED in leaves and I won’t even tell you how high our grass is), and hoping I can catch SOME of the big Penn State – Ohio State White Out game post wedding.

In the meantime, here are some links to get you to the weekend AND the rest of this adorable Baltimore record store engagement session from Karen Rainier Photography below!

Link love links:

9 Pieces of Wedding Advice Married Couples Wish They Had Known on Their Wedding Day (#3 is my FAVORITE – I think I need to write a whole blog post on this!)

Your Moments of Self Doubt (an older post, but it’s SUCH a great reminder)

How Much Should Your Wedding Cost?

DIY Spa Favors Tutorial – perfect for a bachelorette or bridal shower favor!

DCist Rounds Up the Top Places to Find a Suit in DC!

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From the photographer:

We met at Celebrated Summer Records in Hamden to start out the session. They even brought along some of their favorite records that symbolized important moments in their relationship. Any couple that shares my love of Huey Lewis is at the top my list of awesome people!

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From the couple:

Steve used to play in a band that toured for a large portion of the year. In the summer of 2006 while he was on tour, the print shop where he worked was hiring a temp to fill his position while he was away. A mutual friend also worked there and told Sherry about the job opening and she started working there while he was gone. When he returned, they kept her on as extra help and that was when she and Steve met. They immediately became good friends, spending every day working together, cracking jokes, and creating iPod playlists to make our time at work more enjoyable. They started to spend time together outside of work too, going to see local bands play, browsing through the shelves of local record stores, and seeing movies. The following spring, before he left for another tour, Steve bought 2nd row tickets for them to see Huey Lewis and the News upon his return. From that day forward, their hearts were totally inseparable. Steve proposed on Christmas Day 2013 and he and Sherry are super excited to spend the rest of their lives together taking on new adventures and making memories that will last forever.

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Have a great freakin’ weekend Romancers.

Matt & Taylor’s Dreamy Great Falls Maryland Engagement Pictures

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I don’t usually pick a black and white for the main image of a post – but DAMN Rachel with A Muse Photography really killed it on these black and whites. Matt & Taylor are just adorable and I love their love story. They also chose Rock Creek Park, one of the BEST places in Washington DC for your engagement pictures. The foliage is stunning and there’s just so much to do. Thanks to Rachel for sharing these!

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How we met:

Matt and I first met the night before the start of the 2009 Fall Semester at UVA at a rowing social event. I was starting my 1st year, while Matt was entering his 3rd year. Over the next couple weeks, we would frequently run into each other and shyly chat. By mid-September, Matt was taking me out on dates and we’ve going strong ever since! Despite being in a long-distance relationship since Matt graduated UVA in 2011, the distance has made our relationship stronger and we have learned to treasure their time together whether it’s a 24-hour visit or 24-minute phone conversation. Matt now resides in Princeton, NJ and trains with the US Rowing National Team. I am currently a Speech-Language Pathology graduate student at UVA. After my May 2015 graduation, I’m super excited to settle down in Princeton, NJ and finally be in a “close-distance” relationship with Matt before the big day!

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Click inside for the rest and Matt & Taylor’s proposal story!

Cristina & Gonzalo’s Dreamy, Springtime Frederick MD Engagement Pictures

Hey wedding planning couples. Want to look extremely gorgeous/handsome on your wedding day? Glowing like your happiness is literally EMITTING itself from your faces? Then you should probably hire Elizabeth Fogarty Photography. She dropped a wedding we worked on together, last week, on her blog – and it’s just so insanely beautiful! Couple that with the MD engagement she shared with us today, and seriously, it’s hard to take your eyes off these images. She finds a way to personify happiness through her images and I just love sharing her work here. Thanks for the submission Liz :)

Cristina & Gonzalo’s Dreamy, Springtime Frederick MD Engagement Pictures

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Photographer: Elizabeth Fogarty Photography | Submitted via Two Bright Lights

 Talk about a Fairy Tale, well the Latino version with lots of laughter and joy at least. Cristina went down to Peru to help out at an orphanage, and on the LAST week there, she met Gonzalo. During the next few days, he would either look for her or text her. She came back to the States, and it was not quite over yet. It started with facebook chat, made its way to texting, and finally they admitted feelings for each other.

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Click inside for the gorgeous engagement ring and the rest of Cristina & Gonzalo’s engagement session

Lisa & Chris’ Bowling Alley Engagement in Maryland

This past weekend was my BIGGEST wedding of the season! Lisa & Chris planned a food and wine festival themed wedding for over 150 people, and mostly all the decor and tablescapes were DIYed (I think I can now add Floral Design to my resume … uh yeah right – totally kidding). It would have never been possible without the help of some seriously awesome people, and Lisa & Chris’ super awesome family! My husband dutifully hung lanterns and helped with the escort station, and Jessica with Jessica Adams Designs was key to making the tables, centerpieces, and food stations look absolutely perfect. I cannot thank both of them enough.

There will be a LOT MORE to come from Chris & Lisa’s wedding (though I did post some sneak peaks on my Instagram!) but for now while these two jet off onto their honeymoon, I thought I’d share their adorable bowling alley engagement thanks to J/K Photography.

Lisa & Chris’ Bowling Alley Engagement Session in Maryland

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Lisa & Chris are part of a bowling league, so having their engagement pictures at a bowling alley just made way too much sense. They also had their rehearsal dinner at a bowling alley too (which I love!).

How they met (from the bride):

We met at a party in summer 2005.  It was at a mutual friend’s house.  I worked with Ian and Chris had just joined his band.  Fast forward to Fall, and we had seen each other a bit, I’d even seen his band play.  We kept running into each other, and had become part of the same crowd.  We ate lunch together once a week (along with our friend Ian).  We spent Tuesday nights at the same party every week.  It was there that we realized we had a lot of common interests.  He not so subtly would lean closer and closer to me throughout each night as we sat in the kitchen of this house party.  Finally, after a year of hanging out at parties and with other friends, we took the plunge and started dating.  We were inseparable from that moment on.  I spent the next semester working in Disney World so we would spend hours on the phone every day. We even watched entire football games together since my roommates were not sports fans.  If he could put up with me being 1000 miles away so soon after we started dating, I figured he was a keeper.

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The proposal story, as told by the groom:

To say that I had a plan for my proposal is like a bunch of high school kids sitting in their parent’s basement saying ‘we should start a band!’

First I should point out that Lisa has never been a jewelry person.  No bracelets, necklaces, earrings, nothing.  She not so subtly stated to friends of ours she didn’t want an engagement ring.   As an alternative, she said that she wanted a hand-made rocking chair.  This knowledge in hand, I set out to make me (her?) a rocking chair.

Fortunately, at that time I had a co-worker who did a lot of woodworking and a woodworking hobby shop on the base where I work.  I asked him how tough it would be to make a rocking chair having no experience (outside of some terrible carvings in boy scouts) with wood working.  He replied that he had not even tried something like that because of the difficulty of the rockers.  Needless to say his response was a bit of a downer.

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Unfettered, I started reading up on woodworking techniques and looking how I was going to actually try to go about this.  Then things went from bad to worse; due to budget cuts, the wood-hobby shop on base was closing down, with no plans to reopen in the future.  I was gutted, I felt like I was back to square one.

During one of our Friday visits to the local wine bar with our friends, Lisa hinted that rather than a rocking chair from scratch, she’d be ok with one that had be refurbished (ok hinted may not be the right word, “just propose already” might be a better phrasing).  I also discovered that a friend of ours had a small woodworking set up in his garage.  Confidence buoyed, I set about searching through the myriad of antique shops around town (we live in a beach town in southern Maryland, we probably have as many antique shops as we have gas stations) for a rocking chair I could fix up.  Easy right?

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Right about this time, I signed up to race in my first Ironman.  For those unfamiliar, an Ironman is a triathlon that is just long.  And when I say long, I mean “I’m hoping to finish in less than 15 hours long.”  Unsurprisingly, a race that will take 15 hours to complete takes up a fair amount of time to get ready for.  Training six days a week, with weekends being almost completely dedicated to running, biking and driving to various smaller races to prepare began to eat up most of my free time.

During my various training runs and rides, I would think to myself “man, this is race is probably going to be a day I’ll remember forever, why not make it even better and propose after the race!”   With previously stated lack of free time, this seemed like a pipe dream at best, but at this point, Lisa and I had been together for almost six and a half years and had owned a house together for the last three; this proposal was a long time coming and there probably wasn’t going to be a better chance (debatable of course, but your brain probably isn’t functioning at 100% when it’s 85 degrees and has been on a bike for five hours).

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Click inside for the rest of Lisa & Chris’ bowling alley engagement pictures AND the rest of the proposal story!

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